The Civil War in Missouri exhibit comes to Museum in Swope Park

The Monnett Battle of Westport Fund is thrilled to announce the “A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouriexhibit will be on view at the Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum from October 26 – December 22, 2013, Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. The Grand Opening will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri” is a joint project of the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council. The traveling exhibit tells the stories of Missourians during the defining conflict of our country. The Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum will also feature exhibits on the Battle of Westport, African American soldiers in Missouri, and the stories of families struggling to survive.

There will be a Hands on History room with a tent, items to try-on and try-out, and other activities.

Throughout the run of the exhibit there will be programs for families including a story time with a regional storyteller with a set of books for each participating family to take home. Presentations will be made by historians and scholars on African Americans, the role fraternal orders played in the Underground Railroad, the Civil War in Jackson County, and fiddle music in Missouri.

Admission to the exhibits and the programs is free. Funding for the exhibits and programming is through a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council and the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund.

The Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum is located at the Meyer Boulevard entrance to Swope Park at 6601 Swope Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit www.battleofwestport1864.org.